Mental Health Practitioner

Brownlow Group Practice

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Job summary

We are looking for an experienced Mental Health Practitioner to join our Brownlow family. We are seeking a Mental Health Practitioner who can come and make a difference. Providing high quality interventions in our new primary care integrated mental health service, you will be an important member of our primary care team.

Successful candidates must be experienced Mental Health Practitioners and have experience of working in a Primary Care and/or Community Mental Health Team settings. You will be a confident communicator with colleagues and stakeholders alike.

Above all you will have the ambition and drive needed to work within an environment of change and innovation.

Main duties of the job

Responsible for attending to patients who wish to be seen by a Specialist Mental health care professional; diagnosing and treating patients presenting with acute mental health illness; seeing and advising patients in respect of their continuing mental health medical and nursing needs. Responsible for ongoing needs, mental health, and medication reviews. These patients will have booked appointments at 15-to-30-minute intervals. There is a requirement to see extra or emergency patients.

The mental health practitioner will need to prioritise and triage the needs of patients, accordingly, making any necessary referrals for investigations in the appropriate manner.

Extended access will form part of your contracted hours.

About us

Brownlow prides itself in being an exceptional employer. We have a dedicated staff wellbeing team and offer numerous staff benefits and incentives including protected study leave with financial allowance and enhanced annual leave for 100% attendance. You will receive a 6-month mentorship/induction package and following this will have the option for some home working should you wish to if appropriate for your role.

Brownlow is an organisation that is committed to equality and diversity, and we strive for our workforce to be representative and inclusive of the complex and diverse community which we are proud to serve. With this commitment in mind, we actively encourage individuals who self-identify as having protected characteristics to apply for this role. We are particularly keen to encourage applications from: individuals with linguistic diversity, members of the LGBTQ+ community; members of black, minority ethnic, and minority faith groups; and from those who are disabled and / or neurodiverse. We are mindful that we may not always be aware of structural and systemic factors, which might discourage or prevent certain minority groups and marginalised populations from applying to join our team. If you are aware that any such barriers do exist, please let us know so that we can work to overcome and dismantle these.

Although not required by law we strongly recommend that all staff have received all Covid vaccinations. 

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • First contact management of patients presenting with mental health problems within scope of experience, making any necessary referrals to other members of the primary health care team.
  • Ensure clinical practice is safe and effective and remains within boundaries of competence, and to acknowledge limitations.
  • Advise patients on mental health care, with referral to other members of the primary and secondary health care team as necessary.
  • Identify and manage appropriately acute mental health presentations (Suicidal ideation, self-harming, depression, low mood, anxiety etc).
  • Manage ongoing mental health needs – conduct follow-up appointments with patients to support their needs.
  • Prescribe appropriate medication (dependent on experience) and conduct thorough medication reviews.

Clinical Practice:

The Mental Nurse Practitioner will work as part of the full clinical team as well as an autonomous professional in a self-directed manner, with confidence, authority, and expertise, undertaking comprehensive range of clinical assessments/procedures within the Practice. They will have responsibility for patient caseload, ensuring all patients have an accurate plan of care, which reflects the assessment undertaken and incorporate the issues and recommendations made.

The Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will assess individuals, families, and populations holistically, using a range of different assessment methods, using health promotion and prevention strategies; and comprehensively assess patients for risk factors and early signs of illness.

The Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will be expected to interpret and analyse complex clinical and non-clinical facts to form accurate diagnoses, prognoses for a wide range of conditions, to recommend / deliver the best course of intervention including the development of comprehensive packages of care.

The Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will plan, manage, and complete episodes of care, working in partnership with others and delegating /referring as appropriate; to optimise health outcomes and resource use, as well as providing direct support to patients and colleagues. They will use professional judgement in managing complex and unpredictable care events and capture the learning from these experiences to improve patient care and service delivery.

The Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will always maintain a high standard of patient focused care in accordance with practice policies and protocols. They will actively involve patients and families in providing feedback of their experience and suggestions for improvements.

Exemplary patient care and satisfaction is crucial, and the post holder will ensure the very highest standards of care are provided for our patients, providing an environment where they are engaged with, cared for, and their privacy and dignity maintained at all times.

Administration and professional responsibilities

· Participate in the administrative and professional responsibilities of the practice team. Ensure accurate and legible notes of all consultations and treatments are recorded in the patient’s notes. Ensure the clinical computer system is kept up to date, with accurate details recorded and amended.

· Ensure collection and maintenance of statistical information required for regular and ad hoc reports and audit.

Training and personal development

· Source of contact for updating the clinical team on changes to current mental health practice.

· Training requirements will be monitored by yearly appraisal and will be in accordance with practice requirements. Personal development will be encouraged and supported by the practice. It is the individuals’ responsibility to remain up to date with recent developments.

Liaison

· As well as working within the clinical team, there is a need to work closely with reception, admin, and other non-clinical staff to ensure the smooth running of the practice, reporting any problems encountered to the relevant person and ensuring everyone is aware of the different roles within the nursing team.

Meetings

· It will be necessary to attend and contribute to various practice meetings as requested.

Confidentiality:

· In the course of seeking treatment, patients entrust us with, or allow us to gather, sensitive information in relation to their health and other matters. They do so in confidence and have the right to expect that staff will respect their privacy and act appropriately.

· In the performance of the duties outlined in this job description, the post-holder may have access to confidential information relating to patients and their carers, practice staff and other healthcare workers. They may also have access to information relating to the practice as a business organisation. All such information from any source is to be regarded as strictly confidential.

Health & safety:

The post-holder will promote and manage their own health and safety and infection control, as defined in the practice Health & Safety policy, the practice Health & Safety manual, and the practice Infection Control policy and published procedures. This will include (but will not be limited to):

· Using personal security systems within the workplace according to practice guidelines.

· Awareness of national standards of infection control and cleanliness and regulatory / contractual / professional requirements, and good practice guidelines.

· Responsible for correct and safe management of the specimen’s process, including collection, labelling, handling, use of correct and clean containers, storage, and transport arrangements.

· Identifying the risks involved in work activities and undertaking such activities in a way that manages those risks across clinical and patient process.

· Monitoring practice facilities and equipment in relation to infection control, ensuring that provision of hand-cleansing facilities, wipes etc. are sufficient to ensure a good clinical working environment. Lack of facilities to be escalated as appropriate.

· Safe management of sharps procedures, including training, use, storage, and disposal.

· Using appropriate infection control procedures, maintaining work areas in a tidy, clean, and sterile, and safe way, free from hazards. Initiation of remedial / corrective action where needed or escalation to responsible management.

· Keeping own work areas and general / patient areas generally clean, sterile, identifying issues and hazards / risks in relation to other work areas within the business, and assuming responsibility in the maintenance of general standards of cleanliness across the business in consultation (where appropriate) with other sector managers.

· Demonstrate due regard for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Equality and diversity:

The post-holder will support the equality, diversity and rights of patients, carers, and colleagues, to include:

  • Acting in a way that recognises the importance of people’s rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with practice procedures and policies, and current legislation.
  • Respecting the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients, carers, and colleagues.
  • Behaving in a manner that is welcoming to and of the individual, is non-judgmental and respects their circumstances, feelings priorities and rights.

Personal/Professional development:

The post-holder will participate in any training programme implemented by the practice as part of this employment.

Quality:

The post-holder will strive to maintain quality.

Communication:

The post-holder should recognise the importance of effective communication within the team.

Contribution to the implementation of services:

The post-holder will:

  • Apply practice policies, standards, and guidance.
  • Discuss with other members of the team how the policies, standards and guidelines will affect own work.

Participate in audit where appropriate

Other locations include:

ROPEWALKS 26 Argyle Street Liverpool L1 5DL

PEMBROKE PLACE 70 Pembroke Place Liverpool L69 3GF

STUDENT HEALTH University of Liverpool Peach Street, Liverpool L69 7ZL

MARYBONE 2 Vauxhall Road Liverpool L3 2BG

PRINCES PARK Bentley Road Liverpool L8 0SY

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Nursing and Midwifery Registered
  • Registered Mental Health Professional
  • Current UK Professional Registration
  • Applicants must have current UK professional registration

Desirable

  • Clinical Supervision Training and Experience
  • Mentor/Teaching qualification
  • Non-medical Prescriber
  • Independent /Supplementary Nurse Prescribing Qualification

Experience

Essential

  • Minimum 3 years post registration experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Clinical skills - mental health
  • Clinical leadership skills
  • Change management skills and ability to support patients to change lifestyle
  • Communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to communicate difficult messages to patients and families
  • Ability to provide teaching and mentorship in a clinical setting
  • IT Skills

Desirable

  • Primary care or community nursing experience
  • Experience of quality initiatives such as clinical benchmarking
  • audit experience
  • Advanced communications skills course
  • Negotiation and conflict management skills
  • Knowledge of Emis System

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Brownlow Group Practice

Address

Brownlow health @ Kensington Park

157 Edge Lane

Liverpool

L7 2PF


Employer's website

https://www.brownlowhealth.co.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

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Date posted

14 April 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£40,057 to £45,839 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

A1812-22-5527

Job locations

Brownlow health @ Kensington Park

157 Edge Lane

Liverpool

L7 2PF


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